Malaysia singles coach Tey Seu Bock has revealed that Lee Chong Wei is shifting his focus to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Chong Wei competed at the Thomas Cup last week, where Malaysia fell 3-2 in the semi-finals to eventual champions Denmark.
Following Malaysia’s exit from the Thomas Cup, Chong Wei made it clear that he would not be playing in the 2018 edition of the tournament even though the country’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said otherwise.
Seu Bock meanwhile believes that Chong Wei should stay focused on the Olympics, where he hopes to win a first gold medal, and make up his mind on whether he will play in the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals at a later date.
“Chong Wei’s focus is completely on the Olympics,” Seu Bock told The Star. “I think the 2018 Thomas Cup is least of his worries right now. Maybe he will decide again after the Olympics.
“We do have to take into consideration that there is the age factor…he’ll be 35 then, and there is risk of injuries too.”
Seu Bock also confirmed that the world number two will feature at the Indonesian Open next week and the Australian Open early next month to prepare for the Olympics.
“There are the Indonesian Open (May 30-June 5) and the Australian Open (June 7-12) and these tournaments are part of the preparation for the Olympics,” he said.